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Addictions and Living in Recovery
posted at August 6, 2012 9:29 PM EDT
First: September 16, 2011
Last: May 23, 2013
Nobody plans to become addicted. And, those who are recovering deserve our congratulations, and support. We do have a stressful world, and some people turn to drugs , alcohol , or pain killers to relieve stress, only to find later that they have become addicted, and have even more stress.
Families are harmed by addictions, too. Today, according to USA Today, 3.4 out of every thousand infants born in hospitals are addicted at birth. This number has tripled in the last decade! We have to find a way to prevent this, and to prevent drug addictions for adults .
Have you overcome an addiction? How did you do it?
What was most helpful to you, and did you find the support you needed?
What would you recommend to prevent addictions in the future?
Can we do a better job than wat we do today? How do we begin?
Re: Addictions and Living in Recovery
posted at August 7, 2012 9:43 AM EDT
First: February 12, 2012
Last: April 26, 2013
We spend a lot of money in this country , putting people in jail for their addictions, and we get nothing in return. We waste tax dollars trying to keep them off the streets, but, they only go right back to their DOC, drug of choice, and do it all over. It is a revolving door and we pay for it .
Rehabilitation for drug abusers is not easy, and only a very few actually get off and stay off. What we really need is education on how very harmful these substances are. They change people until you can no longer recognize them. Someone who is a drug addict is a liar, and a thief, and they will manipulate everyone around them to stay on their drugs. Young people who are tempted by drug use don't get to see these hard core, long term users, and hear how their lives are totally destroyed, We need to send some former addicts to our schools, and let them tell their stories , so that our youth may be truly educated about drugs and their destruction.
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